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I'll be making my Dad his favorite sour cream pound cake for Father's Day, but it calls for 1 cup nuts and he can no longer eat nuts. Any suggestions on what a good substitute would be??

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  1. really good chocolate chips or Scharffen Berger Chocolate Nibs

    1. dried, chopped apricots
      yellow raisins

      1. chopped dried cherries, cranberries or blueberries?

        maybe just some orange zest or candied orange peel? maybe a citrus or jam glaze?

        some cinnamon crumbly topping (a la coffee cake)

        how about make it plain and add macerated strawberries or raspberries with creme fraiche or whipped cream?

        maybe a little gran marnier?

        nmmmmmm... let us know what you decided and how it turned out.

        1. If you use dried fruits you might considering marinating and plumping them in a complimentary fruit liqueur or brandy or rum and then draining before foldiing into the cake.

          1. I like the dried fruit suggestions, so perhaps choose a dried fruit that your father really likes. I think dried berries would lend themselves well to a sour cream cake and would look pretty and summery.

            Of course, you could go tropical and use bits of dried mango, pineapple, or papaya w/ some shredded coconut (if that's allowed). I would personally be into something like bits of candied ginger and dried apricot.

            Not sure if your recipe calls for dusting the nuts in a little flour so they don't sink to the bottom while baking, but I've seen recipes call for doing this w/ dried fruit. Good luck. I'm making my FIL a cherry and nectarine pie, unless I change my mind again.